St. Thomas More pitcher Brennan Breaux fired a no-hitter over six innings and drove in four runs, powering the Cougars to a 10-0 victory against District 5-4A opponent St. Martinville.
Breaux finished with 10 strikeouts through six innings and went 4-for-5 with a home run and a game-ending double in the bottom of the sixth.
The no-hitter was the third of Breaux’s career and his first of the season after throwing two last season.
Breaux said despite having accomplished the feat before, the feeling afterward was the same.
“It feels good. It is a feeling that doesn’t really get old,” Breaux said. “It doesn’t happen very often, so anytime you have your stuff working like that, it’s just a really good feeling.”
St. Thomas More coach Gary Perkins said Breaux’s offensive game has picked up in the past two weeks and Saturday was a continuation of that.
“Sometimes at the plate you couldn’t hit a pitcher if he’s throwing a beach ball at you,” Breaux said.
“But I’ve been seeing it well lately and just trying to put good swings on the ball.”
Breaux cruised through the first three innings, allowing only one base runner and striking out six. But his command faltered in the top of the fourth as the Tigers (12-8, 5-3) threatened.
The right-hander walked four in the inning, and St. Martinville first baseman Reece Frederick was thrown out at home by Christian Leonard. Breaux finished with six walks.
Perkins said Breaux lost his concentration during the inning but refocused and got out of the inning without giving up a run or a hit.
“Pitching-wise he looked sharp there at the beginning,” Perkins said. “He lost focus and lost a couple of batters, but he did what he had to do.”
While the Cougars (15-8, 6-0) ended the game early thanks to Breaux’s double, both teams struggled offensively for much of the game.
After St. Martinville pitcher Jacob Cyr gave up two runs in the first inning, thanks to a one-out, RBI-single by designated hitter Hunter Langlinais and a hit batter with the bases loaded, he settled in; limiting the Cougars to only one more run until the bottom of the sixth.
Breaux said the Cougars have already seen Cyr this year and in both outings have struggled against him.
“He’s had our number all year,” Breaux said of Cyr. “Credit to him. He has a quality arm and he put in a great performance.”
“It looked like two teams that were coming back from a week-long holiday break to be honest,” Perkins said. “We had some dead legs out there.”
But after hitting the leadoff batter in the bottom of the sixth Cyr was pulled with his pitch count at 110.
The wheels fell off for the Tigers when Cyr was removed, as the Cougars batted around their order in the inning including all four of Breaux’s RBIs, two on a home run and two on the double that ended the game.
After squeezing by in the first matchup of the year between the two teams, winning 11-10, Perkins was pleased with his team’s performance.
“We’re a different team from the first time we played them,” Perkins said. “Now that we’re healthy there is definitely promise there.”